Dave's fave restaurants


17 Oct 2018 | Last update: 28 Jun 2019

A few of my own regular go-to places and one or two treats.

Make sure you understand what a "Menu del dia" is, the secret to eating well without breaking the bank. See my Menu del dia page for an explanation.

I highly recommend you check out my good friend Bill Sinclair's blog about the most interesting bars and restaurants in Barcelona. His articles are published in various places including the Guardian. Check out his blog at Bill in Barcelona. Not just food, but all kinds of curiosities around the city. He's a real enthusiast!

And if you're looking to push the boat out, you must visit the gourmet food blog Food Barcelona. The very best restaurants reviewed by a professional food critic. Inspirational!

Delicamon
Port Olimpic
First off, not a restaurant at all, just a cafe and sandwich bar. But they are located just outside the port so ideal for stocking up on sandwiches, snacks and drinks before your sail. They offer a selection of really rather nice sandwiches.
Barca de Salamanca
Port Olimpic
Ideal for lunch after a morning sail. Very popular with locals, usually with a busy vibe. There are several very similar restaurants in the marina, Salamanca currently gets my vote for their friendly, efficient service and reliable quality.
Can Ros
Barceloneta
A hidden gem, this neighbourhood restaurant offers a high quality lunch menu at a very fair price. If you're in the barrio in the afternoon, treat yourself.
La Bombeta
Barceloneta
A famous, lively spot for excellent tapes. Go in a group, expect a noisy, fun ambience with not much elbow room betweeen the tables. Order a whole bunch of stuff and get stuck in. Wash it all down with their excellent, cheerful, cheap-as-chips turbio wine, a young white wine still cloudy with yeast. They have more rooms out back so even if it seems full from the outside, if there's not a queue they probably have space.
Morryssom
Diagonal/Gracia
Great spot for tapes and wine in the evening.
Try their zarajos, a dish from the city of Cuenca. I only know one other place in Barcelona serving these. Incredibly rich lamb's intestines (I know, but trust me on this!) wrapped around vine twigs and roasted.
Goliard
Diagonal/Gracia
Lovely, quiet place for dinner. They offer an excellent tasting menu for about €25.
Nou Can Codina
Diagonal/Gracia
Every bar in Barcelona serves croquettes, and they're dull as dishwater. Not here. They have about 8 different varieties and they're all mouthwatering. You can get a variety pack with one of each for about 9 Euros. Fantastic!
The Pulpo a la Gallega here is unique, and fantastic. A whole octopus arm, or leg, whatever, tentacle I guess, served with potatoes and seasoned with cayenne pepper. Everywhere else serves this with the tentacle already sliced. Also, a lot of places overcook it, so it comes out rubbery. Not here. Cooked to perfection and uniquely presented. You'll want to take photos of this one!
Their morcilla is amazing. A simple blood sausage on a piece of toasted bread.
And while we're here, did I mention they have a great selection of local craft beers?
This place has a tavern vibe, popular with locals, often busy.
Peruà Andino
Sagrada Familia
If you're visiting Sagrada Familia - or Hospital Sant Pau (and you should) - you can escape the tourist traps and choose this excellent Peruvian restaurant instead.

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Wonderful start to our vacation!

I traveled to Spain with a group of friends and we began our trip with an afternoon aboard the Gemini! The day couldn't have been more perfect weather-wise, and David was kind enough to shop for us for our drinks and munchies, as we had just landed in Spain and had no time to do it ourselves. He found a spot for us to jump in the sea to cool off .......and for me, it was one more check off my bucket list to say I swam in the Mediterranean! I only wish we'd had time at the end of our vacation to sail on the Gemini one last time! Thanks for a wonderful day David!!
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I did sailed on Gemini in december 2012 with some friends, the experience was great.
ReyGuigu | Lyon | 27 February 2013

Wow! Definite recommendation

These guys were super helpful and flexible. We had to move trip a couple of times and they really accommodated us. Price was good considering everything we had and the food/ drink package for extra 10 Euros is worth it. We also brought some drinks ourselves. Skipper let us sail when we wanted, there was music (although a Bluetooth connection to our devices would be a good addition), there was sun, there was beer, it was a great way to spend 3 hours of sunset!
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Great sail!

This sail around Barcelona was the highlight of our trip! Captain Dave is fantastic; he made us feel welcome and at home on his wonderful boat. We loved that the sail was just our family and was so reasonably priced. We highly recommend this trip and will absolutely do it again when we return to Spain!
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Great way to relax between tourist activities in Barcelona

We enjoyed a delightful sail. Beautiful weather and Dave's cordiality made it even better. The sail was a great hiatus from the rush of the running around the tourist sites of the city.
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